Babatunde Adepoju, one of the 16 prosecution witnesses in the ongoing joint trial of Justice Adeniyi Ademola, and his wife, Olabowale, has revealed in his evidence-in-chief on Monday that the judge of the Abuja division of the Federal High Court told him during interrogation at the Department of State Services headquarters, Abuja, on October 9, 2016, that $171,799 (about N70m) recovered at his residence was for the upkeep of his two children schooling in the United Kingdom.
An investigator with the DSS, Adepoju said Justice Ademola’s explanation on the source of the money was that it was his accumulated estacodes, and withdrawals from his personal account.
The suspect, who is facing prosecution for allegedly receiving bribes from lawyers and litigants, according to Adepoju, who investigated him also said the other money(N54m) found in one of his houses was earmarked for construction works at one of his properties at No. 55 Oduduwa Crescent, Ikeja G.R.A, Lagos.
Adepoju stated that two Avar Magnum Pump Action gun, bearing the names of Justice Ademola and another judge of the Federal High Court in Abuja, Justice Ahmed Mohammed was found in the judge’s house.
He however, said Justice Ademola, who is equally accused of collecting bribes from detained Biafra protagonist, and Radio Biafra’s director, Nnamdi Kanu, and gave judgement in his favour by ordering his release, denied ownership of the gun.